Fear of Flying Classes with Capt. Ron

Cleared for Takeoff 101

  • In Person (Phoenix Sky Harbor)
  • Free

The class meets at Sky Harbor International Airport in Terminal 4. The classes are conducted in two parts. The first part is in a classroom. The second part follows a short break at which point we will reconvene and proceed to a Southwest Airlines airplane parked at a gate. We finish the class on the airplane.

Cleared for Takeoff 201 (Flight)

  • In Person (Phoenix Sky Harbor)
  • $197 (plus airfare for flight)

The Advanced Class was designed as the capstone to Cleared for Takeoff 101, a fear of flying class that takes place in the classroom and on a static airplane. The Advanced Class offers the opportunity to test your new education and coping skills during a short round-trip flight (about an hour each way) to an airport in southern California or Nevada.

Cleared for Takeoff Executive

  • In Person and Online
  • Consult for prices

Private coaching is THE most effective treatment for fear of flying. It’s personalized for you, to find the things that trigger YOUR fear, and get answers on how to control your anxiety, without drugs. Captain Ron works one-on-one with you, and with his training in Professional Counseling, quickly develops strategies that work for you to finally get back onboard worry-free.

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Gordon’s Story

After sixteen years of living in fear, Gordon thought he tried everything – until he came to class!

Gordon hadn’t flown in over 16 years. It wasn’t onlyhis anxiety about flying. He had developed a generalized anxiety following a surgery over 20 years before. But meeting the woman who would become his fiancée and a surprise trip she had planned for the two of them that sense of urgency to overcome his fear.

For years he had tried DVD’s, counseling, hypnosis, talk therapy, relaxation therapy, visualization, “tapping,” EMDR and EFT. Nothing had worked. He couldn’t even go to the airport! No matter what he tried, nothing helped.

After repeated attempts to get over his fear, Gordon grew more desperate. He was in danger of losing the woman of his dreams – at least that’s the story he told himself. He worried his engagement was in jeopardy because he picked a partner who loved to travel. She had a dream vacation planned for England and Ireland starting with a transatlantic flight to London. Gordon’s anxiety was sky rocketing out of control.

Three weeks before his London vacation, Gordon called me. He came to class and began using the FearlessFlightTM Kit (FFK). He thought he had tried everything, but what he really needed was to let go and teach his mind to relax.

He practiced with the FearlessFlightTM Harmonizer (one of the components included in the FFK). He noticed changes in his behavior. He began to feel more relaxed. He wasn’t obsessing about the trip to London as much. And when those obsessive thoughts would come up, he had a process which he could use that turned the anxiety around. It wasn’t like the anxiety had disappeared.

He could now manage it. And with each practice, he felt his skills getting stronger and more like they were a normal part of his routine.

Just 21 days later, he was boarding a transatlantic flight

About a week before the flight to London, he noticed his anxiety stating to climb again. He was a little queasy and his heart would race. So, he doubled down on the FearlessFlightTM Harmonizer.

Gordon was sick-and-tired of being sick-and-tired of his anxiety about flying.
There was no way he was going to give up this trip to London! Or the woman of his dreams. Besides, he could actually feel it working when he practiced. His thinking was changing – or at least the way he reacted to his thoughts of being confined with no way out. The fight was on! He was winning.

Because the flight had such significance, Gordon decided to take a practice flight. Time was critical and he couldn’t wait for our next Cleared for Takeoff 201, The Advanced Class.

Because of prior commitments I was unable to accompany him. After assuring him that I could see a newly acquired confidence in him, and providing his son with some coaching hints about supporting Gordon in my absence, the practice flight was on.

Gordon used the FearlessFlightTM Harmonizer in the boarding area before the flight. He continued listening through the boarding process except for the time he took to meet the pilots (a very important strategy that we discuss in class). He took his seat, got settled in and resumed using the Harmonizer. As the flight attendants began their final preparations, they announced, “Please turn off all portable electronic devices” (a requirement that no longer exists). Gordon felt a small spike of anxiety. “Will I be able to handle the takeoff without the Harmonizer?” he wondered.

As the pilots turned onto the runway, instead of his mind’s eye autopilot switching on and starting a flood of anxious thoughts in his consciousness, something strange happened to Gordon. He was now able to visualize the display from the FearlessFlight Harmonizer and immediately place his mind in a relaxed state—something that was impossible just weeks before. Gordon could now focus his attention on what HE wanted to think about. This was the first time he could remember having this kind of freedom and confidence—an entirely different experience in an airplane.

Ten flights in 19 days!

Gordon went on to complete his romantic getaway with his fiancée. He flew 10 flights in 19 days. He found challenges on every flight, but he met every challenge with growing confidence following the regimen he learned at the Cleared for Takeoff 101 Class. In fact, his biggest challenge resulted in a bonus flight on this extraordinary adventure.

The final leg of his trip was supposed to be his flight home from Charlotte, NC, to Phoenix, AZ. Shortly after leveling off after the climb out, he heard a muffled popping noise. Shortly thereafter, the captain came on the loudspeaker and announced that one of the engines was “under performing” and that they were returning to Charlotte. They landed uneventfully with the fire trucks and emergency equipment standing by.

Gordon confessed that while this was not on his bucket list, it wasn’t the confirming catastrophe from which he might resolve to never fly again. Just the opposite. Gordon said that had he not come to class and learned about new coping tools and strategies including the FearlessFlightTM Kit, he would have NEVER gotten back on an airplane to complete his planned travel. Instead of being a victim to catastrophic thinking, Gordon recalled his first response was his mind saying, “Just breathe.” With that, he could control what was in his power and leave the flying to the flight crew.

Gordon has since made several more flights including another international trip. He looks forward to flying—enjoying the confidence that he can use the resources he gained through his experiences with FearlessFlightTM.